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- Posted on May 12th 2011 9:04PM by Benjy Eisen
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For the solo venture, Daltrey will be backed by a band featuring guitarist Simon Townshend -- the younger brother of the Who's Pete Townshend. And the elder Townshend gives the solo tour his blessings. In fact, relations between Daltrey and Townshend remain as strong as ever; it's just that while the 67-year-old Daltrey wants to introduce 'Tommy' to a new generation of fans, Townshend has put all touring on hold indefinitely, for health considerations. He suffers from severe tinnitus.
"I will be there in spirit," said Townshend in a statement. Of course, he'll also be there by virtue of kin.
Daltrey tells Billboard.com that while he is excited to tour 'Tommy' in a new, re-imagined production that focuses on a theatrical presentation -- not too unlike what Roger Waters is currently doing with 'The Wall Live' -- being in the Who remains his lifelong priority. "I've dedicated my life to being the voice of [Townshend's] music," he says. "I'm happy with that position. I feel I've done a good job for him."
We're inclined to agree.